Beef & bacon meatloaf with tomato sauce

Beef & bacon meatloaf with tomato sauce

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins


Serves 4 - 6

Mix up your midweek dinner options and shape beef mince and smoked bacon lardons into a hearty loaf, topped with tangy onion marmalade

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal382
  • fat23g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 200g smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g pack passata
  • 2 tbsp onion marmalade
  • small pack basil, leaves only



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and lardons until the onion is soft and the lardons are cooked through and golden at the edges. Remove from the heat and add the smoked paprika, breadcrumbs, mince, egg and half of the crushed garlic. Season and stir really well. Grease a 450g loaf tin with a little oil, then fill with the meat mixture. Spread 1 tbsp of the onion marmalade evenly over the top and place on a tray in the oven for 35-40 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, pour the passata into a saucepan over a low heat, add the remaining garlic, the rest of the onion marmalade and half of the basil. Season, stir and heat gently until ready to serve.

  3. Once the meatloaf is cooked through, take it out of the oven and let it sit for a few mins before turning out onto a plate to slice. Serve with the tomato sauce and the rest of the basil leaves scattered over.

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6th Jul, 2019
My family love this and I have 2 fussy eaters!! Even my daughter’s friends think it’s yummy. I normally serve with either hassleback potatoes or parmentier potatoes and cabbage (with extra smoked lardons). Definitely one of my go to recipes. You must try
22nd Aug, 2018
Made this for myself and my partner, we loved it! It will definitely be a regular weekly meal we have. If you dont have a tin that is the right size I just used foil in a bigger tin and made it into the meatloaf shape.
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7th Oct, 2017
A great mid week meal. Loved more so by my 24 yr old son. Asking to make more. Made with baby leeks and mash.
19th Jan, 2017
Ideal midweek for young family. Withstood several errors and being cooked in completely the wrong shaped pan (large shallow square cake tin). 3 children had seconds and they loved the simple tomato sauce.
19th Oct, 2015
Halved recipe as making for two. Very nice. Made sauce with .a carton of crushed tomatoes with chilli which gave it some gentle heat. Would make again
Sadie of sevenoaks
18th Oct, 2015
This bacon & beef meatloaf was a real hit with the children
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